Black Desert Online developer Peal Abyss goes West with new California office

Black Desert Online developer Peal Abyss goes West with new California office

Korean MMO developer Pearl Abyss has opened a new studio in Manhattan Beach, California.

The Black Desert Online creator’s new office marks another step in its plans for global expansion, following the acquisition of Eve: Online developer CCP Games for $425 million.

Pearl Abyss' new location will serve as a staging ground for the company in the West, as it aims to push for a larger global presence.

“The Manhattan Beach office will serve as an important regional office for Pearl Abyss’ continuing growth and success, and our self-publishing efforts in the western market,” said Pearl Abyss senior VP Jeonghee Jin in a statement (via Variety).

“We have a large roster of talent to draw from in the Los Angeles area and look forward to the next phase of our growth in the global market.”

But there’s a precedent for Korean publishing giants biting off more than they can chew in moving West. Back in February, Nexon America laid off roughly one-fifth of its staff, following the high-profile failure of Lawbreakers. The firm is still making Western investments, however, such as Patrick Soderlund's new venture Embark Studios

Pearl Abyss’ CCP acquisition is likely a safer bet - both companies know the MMORPG field and have been keeping their respective flagships stable for years.

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